Ultimately, the only thing that people are likely to remember from last night’s Republican debate in Iowa is that moderator Dianne Sawyer seemed to have dropped by the pharmacy before the event, and Mitt Romney’s condescending offer of $10,0000 bet to Rick Perry.
Perry accused Romney of supporting the individual mandate before being against it, and including it in an earlier version of his book before removing it. Romney shot back that he’d bet $10,000 that’s not true. Perry responded: “I’m not in the betting business.”
On Sunday, Perry held firm on his contention.
“The issue of individual mandates is still at the center here, and Mitt can deny this as many times as he wants, but in his first book, hard cover, of “No Apologies,” he clearly stated that individual mandate should be the model for this country. And then he took that out of the book, in the paperback, and that’s the fact, and even a $10,000 bet is not gonna cover that.”
The bet — not $1 and not $1 million — made some stand up and wonder aloud if Romney is really a betting man — and would throw down that kind of cash in a casual challenge.
With one casual, almost flippant challenge, Romney has given his opponents in both parties a soundbite for the ages that will identify him as privileged and out of touch with the common man – which of course, having been born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, he always has been.
In a night that should have seen all candidates gunning for frontrunner Newt Gingrich, Gingrich emerged largely unscathed and Romney make have made the gaffe that torpedos his campaign. “Not Romney” is always the silent candidate at the Republican debates, and last night, he got a huge boost.